Rice 2020 WIP

Greg Rice

Well-Known Member
Ok - so here we go!

Got my designs drawn up earlier today - took inspiration from some of you - thank you - I will add my own twist - hopefully not blood like our resident hillbilly.. :cool:

So I presented ol' Bruce with three - he told me his favorite and chose a different one - I dunno which one I am making yet - probably multiple just to increase my odds of success - kinda like how I take pictures...

1084 Steel, Native Texas wood on the handles (I have sourced some Texas Ebony and some Texas Maple - hope it works) - I dunno, I have some things up my sleeve for ol' Bruce as well - he ain't the only wannabe slickster on here.. ;)

I have thick skin and wanna learn - so please input input input - as my son just told me this afternoon - "dad, you are going to learn so much.."


So there are my three designs - my steel will be arriving very soon - I can't just sit around, I don't do that very well

So, I dunno if whittlein' is a part of knife makin' - but I've profiled these blades outta some pine 1x4s I had stacked in the corner - I'ma whittle 'em up, shape 'em - see which one I like before I commit to it. There is a third one that I will keep to myself...



I feel like I just strapped in, nodded and the gate has opened... Lets Go!!
 

Bruce McLeish

Well-Known Member
Ok - so here we go!

Got my designs drawn up earlier today - took inspiration from some of you - thank you - I will add my own twist - hopefully not blood like our resident hillbilly.. :cool:

So I presented ol' Bruce with three - he told me his favorite and chose a different one - I dunno which one I am making yet - probably multiple just to increase my odds of success - kinda like how I take pictures...

1084 Steel, Native Texas wood on the handles (I have sourced some Texas Ebony and some Texas Maple - hope it works) - I dunno, I have some things up my sleeve for ol' Bruce as well - he ain't the only wannabe slickster on here.. ;)

I have thick skin and wanna learn - so please input input input - as my son just told me this afternoon - "dad, you are going to learn so much.."


So there are my three designs - my steel will be arriving very soon - I can't just sit around, I don't do that very well

So, I dunno if whittlein' is a part of knife makin' - but I've profiled these blades outta some pine 1x4s I had stacked in the corner - I'ma whittle 'em up, shape 'em - see which one I like before I commit to it. There is a third one that I will keep to myself...



I feel like I just strapped in, nodded and the gate has opened... Lets Go!!
your son is correct ... you will learn alot, assuming you're not a know it all!
 

Sean Jones

Well-Known Member
Those templates are looking good! I like your shapes. And the idea of whittling out of wood before hand is a good idea. It gives you a chance to see how they will feel in hand. A good start.
 

Greg Rice

Well-Known Member
@Bruce McLeish I have been known to be a know-it-all but my lovely bride will quickly set me straight! And you will soon discover that I don't even know Jack...

@Sean Jones Thank you sir for the encouragement - I am hoping to find out how they feel and how hard some of it is to do - I can try to grind a bevel on wood - right? I dunno - can't hurt - I just love to experiment - and the journey.
 

Chris Railey

KNIFE MAKER
All three of those are good designs I like them. I look forward to seeing one finished. Finishing the bevels on them can be a great way to practice your technique. When my son was younger and wanted to learn I told him to make a dozen wooden knives. He profiled and ground each one. He painted some and and left some wood color. When I would sell at craft fairs he would sit next to me and sell his wooden knives. The young boys at the craft fairs would buy every wooden knife he could make, every time. When I started letting him use steel his learning curve on bevels was very short. His last steel knife (I think his third or fourth) was impressive.
 

Greg Rice

Well-Known Member
All three of those are good designs I like them. I look forward to seeing one finished. Finishing the bevels on them can be a great way to practice your technique. When my son was younger and wanted to learn I told him to make a dozen wooden knives. He profiled and ground each one. He painted some and and left some wood color. When I would sell at craft fairs he would sit next to me and sell his wooden knives. The young boys at the craft fairs would buy every wooden knife he could make, every time. When I started letting him use steel his learning curve on bevels was very short. His last steel knife (I think his third or fourth) was impressive.
Thanks Chris for the vote of confidence. Those 'making things with dad' are the things that they remember - even when they are old like me. Chalk one up for great dads!
 

Greg Rice

Well-Known Member
Update:

As much as I hate to give the ol' hillbilly credit - Bruce is trying hard to steer me. Thanks for all the help Bruce on the Panovice, Boggs tools to send my files off to be sharpened and some tips on files. I am an early riser so this morning I did some 'rasp' work :rolleyes: - bout ready to work on bevels -all 'bout dem bevels..




I know you guys didn't sign up to watch me whittle - I'll get to steel soon - my mentors have told me to go S L O W - so I am trying to hurry up and go slow...
 

Bruce McLeish

Well-Known Member
Don't be so harsh on yourself. If it has to do with making knives, it's worth watching.
Just remember , when you're wittling you have the opportunity to move your workpiece around. When you're filing , you loose most of that latitude , so you have to go slower and plan your moves ahead . When you start with the steel , I'll give some hints as to how to do that.
BTW , your prototypes look real good , even for an old Texan !
 

Greg Rice

Well-Known Member
Just remember , when you're wittling you have the opportunity to move your workpiece around. When you're filing , you loose most of that latitude , so you have to go slower and plan your moves ahead . When you start with the steel , I'll give some hints as to how to do that.
BTW , your prototypes look real good , even for an old Texan !
yessir - I am really to hope to actually try to file in that bevel with that file jig I am making (there we go again...) o_O 'course that may fail miserably. Looking forward to your tips/help/ridin' in the days/weeks ahead - thanks for the encouragement even if it is accidental!
 

Greg Rice

Well-Known Member
Ok - so Still whittlin -

One of the handles was just too blocky for me (how big are your hands hillbilly?) - so I cut some curves in her and she just still don't feel right. Sumthin's off :mad:

Before

After

One good thing about these wood ones - they burn real nice in the fire if they chap yer cheeks - and I'm sorta a pyro...
 

Bruce McLeish

Well-Known Member
I was fixin to ax you the same thing. My hand measures 3" knuckle to knuckle from pinki nuckle to center og thumb meat is 3.5".
And yours , Lorraine?
Try thinning down by the ricasso and gradually thickening toward the hilt end. go slow and check often.
I got one side of your petty knife almost done. I'll post pics asap.
Tell the pups "good job"!
 
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